Posts Tagged ‘Business’

ROSS REILY: This has nothing to do with Downton Abbey

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Downton Abbey, Great Britain, Mississippi, PBS, trade

So, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Atlanta Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford was breezing through Mississippi last week and decided to make a stop at the Mississippi Business Journal. It wasn’t that long ago that the Consul General from Canada Stephen Brereton came by and visited with us, but somehow it feels a little different when you’re handed […] [...]

A match set to happen: Conn’s and Jackson

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Conn's, County Line Road, JACKSON, Mississippi

The head of retail for Conn’s HomePlus says the matchup of the retailer’s prototype customer and Jackson’s abundance of working class households made the Capital City an easy choice as the Texas company’s 85th store location. Having gone on a growth spree that extended the retailer’s reach from its Western origins into South Carolina and […] [...]

LIQUIDITY — Hybrid Plastics expanding after developing new product line

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Hybrid Plastics, Mississippi, plastics, technology

A decade ago when Hybrid Plastics announced it was relocating from California to Hattiesburg, the company proved it was not afraid to go its own way. Several national media outlets reported the move would be Hybrid’s demise. However, Hybrid quickly silenced the critics, finding a wide, global market for its solid polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecules […] [...]

A Passion For Food — After early challenges, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm has no regrets

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Mississippi, small business

One thing which typically characterizes entrepreneurs of all ages and persuasions is a passion for what they do.  This is certainly true for Robin DeVos, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm located in Canton Mart Square in north Jackson. In a recent meeting, Robin talked about how she came to start the business. “Early in […] [...]

Investigation leads to $10M settlement with payday lender ACE Cash Express

Texas-based ACE Cash Express, a large payday lender with a franchise store in Hattiesburg, has been hit with $10 million in penalties from the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ACE Cash Express, CFPB Director Richard Cordray charges, was “relentlessly overzealous” in pursuit of overdue borrowers. ACE Cash Express unlawfully called employers of tardy borrowers and […] [...]

State regulators probe All American Check Cashing on suspicion of violating loan rollover law

Madison payday lender All American Check Cashing is under a “cease and desist” order after refusing to let examiners from the Mississippi Department of Banking and Finance review its records for signs of illegal lending. The order followed a state raid on 15 of the company’s 41 Mississippi stores, a former executive of All American […] [...]

Hattiesburg group has doubts about future of solar roads, highways

SPOKANE, Washington — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate […] [...]

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Khosla, KIOR, Mississippi

JACKSON, Mississippi — Struggling biofuel maker KiOR, deeply in debt to the state of Mississippi and others, says it has hired an investment bank to try to sell or restructure the company. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners in a Wednesday stock filing. KiOR’s cash level is unclear, but the company […] [...]

Mississippi girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: AIDS, Business, healthcare, HIV, Mississippi

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV — and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed […] [...]

GITOMER: The NEW TRUTH about closing the sale

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, marketing, Mississippi, PR

Every salesperson is looking for the fastest way, the best way, and the easiest way to “close” a sale. More than human nature, for salespeople, closing the sale is both a desire and a need. And the results are totally measurable. Either you win, or you lose. There is no second place in sales. Many […] [...]

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